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Pots and Practice creativity Feb 06, 2019

I pretty much quit performing when my kids were born. I didn't stop doing music, I just did nearly all of it in a less-than-300-square-foot room in...

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Tamp 'Em Up Solid fingerstyle improvisation Jan 30, 2019

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Under The Bodhi Tree

I always thought the phrase "Once more to the Bodhi Tree" was some...

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Book And Wing Dance recommended reading Jan 16, 2019

My old friend Paul dropped me a line this past week to ask about books on fingerstyle blues guitar. It seems he's got a student who's worked her...

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The Davis-Travis Home Improvement Project fingerstyle blues suggested listening Jan 09, 2019

It being the first post of the new year, I suppose I ought to be talking about practicing resolutions, or guitar playing goals, or something like...

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Sonny Rollins on "St. Thomas" hard bop Dec 21, 2018

Jazz Odyssey

On some level, last week's post about saxophone giants Sonny Rollins and John Coltrane represented the antithesis of everything I...

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D-Mocracy: Fingerstyle Blues in Dropped-D Tuning fingerstyle blues solos Oct 26, 2018

Having presented a chorus of the blues in A recently (The Ninth Degree), I thought I'd offer up a chorus with some of my favorite fingerstyle blues...

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Statuesque Oct 22, 2018

It's raining like crazy in Austin today, and rumor was they intended to open the floodgates at Mansfield Dam, above Town Lake, which is what...

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The Blues And The Implausible Truth Oct 12, 2018

I've quoted this Mike Bloomfield bit before, but it captures so much about learning to play guitar it's worth repeating. Bloomfield, recounting his...

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